Archive for March 20, 2011

United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG, Maastricht University) recruit for full time PhD positions in the PhD programme PPID, starting 3 October 2011. We offer two specializations:

PhD in Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change

Structure of the Programme

The PhD programme has an overall length of four years and is divided into two distinct stages of study. The first stage begins in September of 2011 and lasts six months. During this stage PhD fellows will take courses in the areas of economics, policy, and the institutional foundations of technical change. The coverage is broad, addressing issues of concern both in developed and developing countries.

PhD fellows who achieve distinction in their coursework are invited to prepare a PhD proposal, which includes the identification of a topic, discussion of methodological issues relating to the research, and where appropriate, a discussion of the data resources to be used or developed. The proposal also identifies further areas of formal (class work and workshops) and informal study to be pursued in the course of dissertation research and writing.

Upon acceptance of the proposal, PhD fellows are admitted to the second stage of the programme, which involves doing the research for and writing a dissertation. While working on the thesis, a PhD fellow will meet regularly with one or more supervisors for guidance and to assess progress. Upon completion, the PhD fellow defends the thesis before a committee composed of University of Maastricht and external faculty.

Application deadline: 30 April 2011…..Email: phdprogramme(at)

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 CYPRUS: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Applied Leadership & Peacebuilding Advanced Certificate Program (ACP)- April 8 – 10 2011

** A Free Programme on Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Negotiations for young leaders from both communities on Cyprus, Greece and Turkey **

Focus Themes: Peacebuilding in Cyprus, EU Foreign policy, Conflict Resolution and Advanced Negotiation Skills

CYPRUS: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE will provide a forum for active, engaged practitioners, analysts and young decision-makers to review past peacebuilding efforts – identifying strengths and gaps – analyze and assess the current situation, and identify practical measures and ways forward. The programme will provide a dynamic and rigorous forum for dialogue and engagement, and will draw upon experiences in peacebuilding, negotiations and community and political processes in resolution in Cyprus and internationally. The three days will be facilitated by one of the world’s leading experts and practitioners in peacebuilding, mediation, and facilitation of peace processes and will include guest speakers on EU policies and a dialogue forum with practitioners from both communities.

CYPRUS: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE is designed for highly committed and dedicated individuals who are actively involved in peacebuilding, community work, politics, and social and cultural engagement addressing the conflict and its impacts in Cyprus. It is intended for 10 participants each from the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities (20 in total) and 5 participants each from Greece and Turkey (10 in total). Participants should be between 20 – 39 years of age and be actively involved in any of the following sectors: 

  •     Civil Society and Peacebuilding Organisations
  •     Government Departments & Ministries
  •     Political Parties
  •     Media
  •     Business
  •     Professional Associations
  •    National or International Organizations and Agencies (UN, EU, etc.) 

For more information, please consult the outline in the attachment, visit or write back to